The Swedish company Tetra Pak which produces food and drink packaging is expanding its production in France and getting ahead of the curve by enlarging its factory in Châteaubriant, Atlantic France, with a major investment. Objective: manufacture tethered caps, becoming trendsetters in sustainable packaging.
Tetra Pak now caters to more than 160 countries in the world, relying on more than 25,000 employees worldwide. Part of the Tetra Laval group, the packaging solutions company was founded in Sweden in 1951.
The goal of this enterprise is to create packaging that serves the purpose of preserving the food contents, whilst always considering the environmental impact.They therefore consistently try to improve themselves when it comes to manufacturing innovative packaging.
Innovators in environmentally friendly packaging
In 2024, following new European regulations, all bottles and cartons will require a tethered cap in order to reduce the environmental implications when being thrown away.
Tetra Pak in Châteaubriant had a production capacity of 5 billion caps in 2020, indicates a company press release. But with this new law coming into play, the site’s objective is to prepare the factory for only producing caps which are attached to their packaging.
What’s more, the enterprise has already committed itself to producing packaging that is made from 100% recyclable plastic as well as plant based lids. Its next goal is to reach 2030 with packaging and caps that are almost completely made of card.
Expanding production in Atlantic France
The business intends to invest €100 million in Châteaubriant, Atlantic France. First to create a larger space adding an extra 2,100 sqm for 10 new production lines in 2022, as well as replacing existing lines in order to achieve their goal of producing tethered caps. With this expansion, it is expected that the factory will produce a third more of its goods.
Tetra Pak currently relies on 106 employees in a town of 12,000 inhabitants. By expanding their site, the company will also create “at least 30 new positions of which 25 will be in 2022” claims managing director for France and Benelux, Chakib Kara. “It is an enormous project for us and we are very proud that this high-tech investment is taking place in France”, Chakib Kara adds in an interview with the local media La Lettre API.